Busker Single Pot Still Review

And now for the Busker Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. I love seeing the growth in the SPS market, it’s one of my favorite styles of whiskey and with so many new distilleries popping up and putting stuff out it’s going to be an expansive and diverse segment in no time.

Busker Single Pot Still Review

This is the third and final ingredient in the Busker Triple Cask Irish Whiskey. When thinking about the order to review them in I decided to go with how I think the blend is constructed: Largely grain, followed by a the single malt component and finally the single pot still. And so here we are, at the end of this fun and tasty road.


Busker Single Pot Still – Details and Tasting Notes


Whiskey Details

Region: Ireland

Distiller: The Busker
Mash Bill: Malted + Unmalted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry
Age: 4+ years
ABV:  44.3%

Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Price: $30*

White background tasting shot with the Busker Single Pot Still bottle and a glass of whiskey next to it.
“The Busker Pot Still is a distinctive expression of Ireland with an exceptional character. Made from barley the traditional way in copper stills, then matured and finished in ex bourbon and sherry casks, it opens with a rich and complex bouquet, consisting of fresh flowers, honey, oak, fudge, and clove oil. Taste buds kick off with some beautiful intense spices and peppery notes, balanced splendidly with some toffee as we reach a long, warm, rich spicy finish.” – The Busker

Tasting Notes

Dark honey

Apricots, “Farmer’s Market”, malt, sultanas, malt, caramel, cream soda, earthiness, brown sugar and some bits of copper and cocoa.

Earthiness, apricots, pie crust, malt, sultanas, malt, caramel, cream soda, brown sugar, baking spice and some bits of copper and cocoa.

Medium -> Orchard fruit, cheerios, cocoa, malt and vanilla taffy.

Good, medium, touch oily.

Busker Single Pot Still – Final Thoughts and Score

Aroma reminds me of a Farmer’s Market in the fall with the mix of fruit and grain and pastries and breads, etc., etc., it’s so enjoyable; Palate is an earthier delivery of the array of profiles in the aroma, but without that “Farmer’s Market” essence since you can’t really taste a Farmer’s Market; Finish shifts and moves from fruity to more earthy but always fades to vanilla taffy.

This is the best thing in their lineup; there is nothing in the world quite like a well executed SPS and this Busker Single Pot Still is indeed a well executed SPS. Could it be richer? Could it be deeper? Could it be more complex? Sure, and that will come with time, but right now it’s perfectly tasty.

The closest thing I could pin this Busker Single Pot Still to is the regular Writer’s Tears. This is a good whiskey with a lot to offer and while I will happily be drinking the majority of this bottle neat, I know it will work very well in cocktails like a Perfect Tipperary.

SCORE: 3.5/5

*Disclosure: The bottle for this Irish Whiskey review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

Busker Single Pot Still Back label

Busker Single Pot Still Review


If you like Irish Whiskey, then I definitely recommend checking out this release. It’s a wonderful example of the subtle beauty of Irish Whiskey.


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